MassBio Board of Directors
Glenn Batchelder is a co-founder and board member of Civitas Therapeutics, a pulmonary delivery company with a lead program for treating Parkinson’s disease. Mr. Batchelder served as the CEO for the first four years of the company’s existence leading the acquisition of the platform, the financing and advancing the Parkinson’s program up to the final stages of development. Prior to Civitas, he was the founding CEO of BIND Therapeutics (BIND), a leading nanotherapeutics company. Prior to BIND, Mr. Batchelder was the initial CEO of Acceleron Pharma (XLRN) an oncology and supportive care biotherapeutics company. Prior to Acceleron, Mr. Batchelder was Senior Vice President of Operations at Millennium Pharmaceuticals where he played an integral leadership role in the launch of VELCADE® and was responsible for the commercial supply chain and technical operations for INTEGRILIN®. Mr. Batchelder received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Dr. Abbie Celniker, Ph.D.
Abbie Celniker, Ph.D is the CEO of Eleven Bioptherapeutics, a publically traded biopharmaceutical company focused on engineering and developing innovative protein-based therapies to treat ocular diseases. Dr. Celniker has been in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry for over 25 years where she has worked in small and mid-sized biotechnology companies as well as mid-sized and large pharmaceutical companies Prior to Eleven, Abbie was head of Translational Medicine at Alexion Pharmacueticals by way of the acquisition of Taligen Therapeutics where she was the President and CEO. Prior to joining Taligen, Dr. Celniker was the Global Head of Novartis Biologics where she was responsible the oversight of the discovery and development of the Novartis biologics pipeline. Dr. Celniker has also been the Global Head of the Program Office for the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) where she was responsible for the global integration and oversight of the Novartis Discovery Portfolio. In a previous role at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Celniker led the pipeline portfolio review committee and headed Development Project Management and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Prior to Millennium, Dr. Celniker was at Wyeth, where she was assistant vice president for predevelopment and biopharmaceutical core technologies. She has previously held positions at Genetics Institute, Genentech Inc. and the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Dr. Celniker is a member of the MassBio board of directors, is the chair of the board of directors of ImaginAb, and a member of the scientific advisory board for Adimab. Dr. Celniker has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California at San Diego and earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Arizona.
Mr. O'Hara is a partner and leads the life sciences audit practice of Deloitte in Boston. In addition to serving many life sciences companies in various capacities, Mr. O'Hara also serves as audit partner for publicly traded and private life sciences companies and a large integrated healthcare system, and therefore has a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare industry. Mr. O'Hara has been involved in several IPOs, mergers and acquisitions engagements, financial forecasting projects, and value-added projects on accounting and financial reporting. Mr. O'Hara has assisted his clients through product launches and rapid growth phases including advising on financial and operational infrastructure challenges. In addition to his role as Treasurer of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Mr. O'Hara is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) and the Medfield Youth Hockey Association. He is also a member of the AICPA and the Massachusetts Society of CPAs and is an adjunct professor of accounting and auditing at Boston College.
Mr. O'Hara received his BA from Oneonta State University and his MBA from Boston College. He lives in Medfield, MA with his wife Maryclare, son Liam and daughter Maeve.
David Lucchino served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Semprus BioSciences until its acquisition by Teleflex Medical, Inc. (NYSE: TFX). David co-founded Semprus BioSciences with MIT Institute Professor Robert Langer while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He led a team of scientists and engineers to first place in entrepreneurial competitions at MIT, Harvard and Oxford universities, collectively beating more than 350 teams.
Under his stewardship, Semprus BioSciences grew from two to 50 employees, secured $28.5 million in venture capital financing, $8.4 million in federal funding and received regulatory approval from the FDA and European regulators for its first medical device product within five years.
Prior to co-founding Semprus, David was a Senior Associate at Polaris Venture Partners, a $3 billion venture capital fund based in Boston. He was involved in the fund's investment in Athletes’ Performance, a global leader for integrated performance training, nutrition and physical therapy. Previously, David co-founded and served as Managing Director of LaunchCyte, an investment firm that specializes in developing biomedical intellectual property. He led corporate development activities and secured funding for the firm’s portfolio companies. LaunchCyte successfully co-founded six portfolio companies, including Knopp Neurosciences, which entered into an exclusive $345 million license agreement with Biogen Idec, and Immunetrics, which entered into a joint development agreement through the sale of a 29 percent stake to Royal Philips Electronics.
David began his career as a technology marketing executive. He earned his MBA as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also earned a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University.
David was a member of the Board of Directors of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the national trade association representing the U.S. medical device industry from 2010 to 2013, and served on AdvaMed's International Board Committee and Emerging Growth Company Council. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (Mass Bio), where he serves on the executive committee. David is a Trustee of Mt. Auburn Hospital, a Harvard Medical School facility. He also serves on the boards of Babson College and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Outside the office, David is active with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), where he was part of an expedition that climbed Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, North America's tallest mountain, and spent 95 days living in the Rocky Mountains as part of a leadership training program. He most recently rafted down Idaho’s “River of No Return,” the Salmon River, with NOLS. David has participated as part of the Boston Red Sox’s “Team 9” in the Pan-Mass Challenge, the annual two-day bike ride that raises funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Immediate Past Chairman
Caren Arnstein is Senior Vice President and Head of Communications for Genzyme, a Sanofi company, one of world’s leading biotechnology companies. As part of the executive leadership team, Caren oversees Genzyme’s global Corporate Communications, State and local Public Affairs and Community Relations functions. Under her leadership, Genzyme has built a positive reputation as an innovative and socially responsible company – committed to improving the lives of people with debilitating diseases.
Caren provides strategic direction for external and internal communications programs, including media relations, leadership communications and issues management. In her 16 years with Genzyme, she has lead major initiatives for product launches, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism, and product supply challenges. Caren works closely with government relations colleagues to help communicate Genzyme’s position on the many public policy issues affecting the life sciences industry.
In addition, Caren oversees global corporate citizenship programs, supporting employee-initiated volunteer activities in our communities. She leads the company’s charitable grants advisory board and community relations programs focused on addressing science education and health needs. She also serves on the State Board for the March of Dimes and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Caren has more than 25 years of communications experience in the life sciences. Prior to joining Genzyme in 1995, she worked in the environmental services field as a consultant to leading companies and communities on a broad range of environmental communication projects. Caren earned an M.S. in Communication Management from Simmons College and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Mark R. Bamforth
Mark Bamforth is the founder, President and CEO of Gallus BioPharmaceuticals, a premier contract manufacturer delivering clinical and commercial biopharmaceuticals to pharma and biotech companies worldwide. Since the acquisition of a world-class facility in 2011, making two lead commercial products for Janssen, Gallus has more than doubled through organic growth and a merger with another CMO, Laureate Biopharma, in 2013.
Bamforth has 22 years of previous experience in the UK and USA running global operations and a pharmaceutical CMO business for Genzyme, a leading biotechnology company. He began his career as a chemical engineer in the whisky industry and as a petroleum engineer exploring for North Sea oil.
Bamforth serves on the MassBio Board and is a Saltire Foundation Founding Trustee, enabling young Scottish entrepreneurs to expand their business knowledge through education and internships with high growth USA companies. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA.
Margaret Chu-Moyer, Ph.D.
Margaret Chu-Moyer is Executive Director, Research and Amgen Massachusetts Site Head. In addition to Margaret’s role as Site Head for Amgen’s Cambridge, Massachusetts research facility, she is responsible for medicinal chemistry efforts in Cambridge and South San Francisco, as well as chemistry outsourcing. She has been at Amgen since 2009. Prior to joining Amgen, Margaret led both medicinal chemistry and hit-to-lead groups at Pfizer Global Research and Development in Groton, CT in the Cardiovascular, Metabolic and Endocrine Diseases therapeutic area.
Margaret received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Yale University, where her research focused on natural products total synthesis. Margaret currently serves on the Boston Children’s Hospital, Technology & Innovation Development Office, Technology Development Fund Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council Board of Directors, the Health Leads Boston Council and the American Chemical Society Medicinal Chemistry Long Range Planning Committee. She was recently recognized as one of Mass High Tech’s 2011 Women to Watch.
Geoffrey F. Cox, Ph.D.
Dr. Cox is a Partner at Red Sky Partners LLC, a firm providing corporate strategy, business development and virtual and transition operating management services to clients in the biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals industry. He has over 35 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology experience in a broad range of senior management positions in operations management, as a CEO and as a member of the board of public and private companies.
In 1984, Dr. Cox joined Genzyme Corporation in the U.K. and then, in 1988, became Senior Vice President, Operations, in the U.S. Dr. Cox later became Executive Vice President responsible for operations and the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and genetics business units of Genzyme. Prior to joining Genzyme, Dr. Cox was General Manager of the U.K. manufacturing operations for Gist-Brocades.
In 1997, Dr. Cox became Chairman and CEO of Aronex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., based in The Woodlands, Texas, and subsequently, in July 2001, he became Chairman, President and CEO of GTC Biotherapeutics, Inc., based in Framingham, Massachusetts, a position he held until June 2010.
Dr. Cox is non-executive Chairman of the Board of Nabi Biopharmaceuticals and a Director of Gallus Biopharmaceuticals. He also served for a number of years on the Board of the Biotechnology Industry Organization and also as a member of their Emerging Companies Section and Healthcare Section Governing Body Committees.
Dr. Cox received a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham, U.K. and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of East Anglia, U.K.
Jeff Elton, PhD is Global Managing Director for Accenture Strategy and Global Lead for Accenture’s Predictive Health Intelligence. Jeff has over 20 years of experience as a global executive and consultant in the biopharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Jeff serves clients in pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, diagnostics, devices and health provider sectors. Jeff is a Board Member and senior advisor to early stage companies in diabetes, oncology therapeutics, oncology diagnostics, and Health IT.
Prior to Accenture, Jeff was founding CEO of the Personalized Oncology Company, KEW Group; Senior Vice President of Strategy and Global Chief Operating Officer at Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research, Inc. (NIBR); and senior partner with McKinsey & Company in that firm's Pharmaceutical & Medical Products practice. Jeff has an MBA and PhD from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Scott H. Gillis is CEO of Onsite Therapeutics, Inc. and also an independent consultant with more than 37 years' experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry in capacities ranging from sales and marketing positions to general management. He has extensive experience in the fields of dermatology, anti-infective, cardiovascular, oncology, psychiatric, orthopedic, dental and wound care products. His experience includes the advancement of medical ideas from research and development to commercial products, securing financing, and negotiating sales, marketing and distribution partnerships with major healthcare corporations.
Prior to becoming CEO of OnSite Therapeutics, Inc. and consulting, Mr. Gillis served as President and CEO of NUCRYST Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for 8 years. He took NUCRYST public on the NASDAQ and TSX in 2005. Mr. Gillis also served as President and CEO of Li Medical, a private medical device company, for 5 years. Prior to Li Medical, Mr. Gillis spent 15 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb where he worked in a number of divisions including Squibb, Westwood, Mead Johnson Pharmaceuticals, ConvaTec and Mead Johnson Oncology. At ConvaTec, he served as Vice President and General Manager of ConvaTec USA and later as Global Vice President, Wound and Skin Care.
A Boston native, Mr. Gillis has an MBA from Xavier University and a BA in Biology and Chemistry from Salem State College.
Steven C. Gilman, Ph.D.
Steve Gilman is the Executive Vice President, Research & Development and Chief Scientific Officer at Cubist Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Cubist, Dr. Gilman served as Chairman of the board of directors and CEO of ActivBiotics, a privately held biopharmaceutical company. Previously, Dr. Gilman worked at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he held a number of senior leadership roles including Vice President and General Manager, Inflammation, responsible for all aspects of the Inflammation business from early gene discovery to product commercialization. Prior to Millennium, he was Group Director at Pfizer Global Research and Development, where he was responsible for drug discovery of novel antibacterial agents as well as several other therapeutic areas. Dr. Gilman has also held scientific, business, and academic appointments at Wyeth, Cytogen Corporation, Temple Medical School, and Connecticut College.
He currently serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Association, Inhibikase, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, and TransCelerate Biopharma, Inc., a nonprofit organization emphasizing increased quality in clinical studies and improved patient safety. In addition, Dr. Gilman serves on the Biomedical Advisory Council of PhRMA and the Penn State University Biotechnology Advisory Board.
Dr. Gilman received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in microbiology from Pennsylvania State University, his post-doctoral training at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, and received a B.A. in microbiology from Miami University of Ohio.
Jose-Carlos Gutierrez-Ramos, Ph.D.
Dr. Gutierrez is Senior Vice President and head of the BioTherapeutics Research Group, which includes three Research Units (RUs), the global Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics and Metabolism - New Biological Entities (PDM-NBE) department, and the Global BioTherapeutic Technologies (GBT) department.
Prior to joining Pfizer, Dr. Gutierrez was SVP and Head of the Immuno-inflammation Center for Drug Discovery (iiCEDD) at GSK. Dr. Gutierrez built the iiCEDD as a global group of "drug hunters" that included biologists, chemists, pharmacologists, protein scientists and clinicians who were responsible for the discovery of drugs in that space all the way to Phase IIa (POC).
Prior to GSK he served at AMGEN Mountain View as Site Head and CSO. Previous to the AMGEN acquisition of Avidia he was the SVP of R&D, where he led a significant effort of novel protein therapeutics for autoimmune disease. Before his AVIDIA appointment, he served as CSO of Peptimmune Inc. in Cambridge where he was responsible for the development of peptide based therapeutics for autoimmune disease, including MS and diabetes. Before Peptimmune, Dr. Gutierrez served as Vice President, Inflammation at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where he built and led a group of more than 150 scientists.
Dr. Gutierrez was also a faculty member at the Genetics department of Harvard Medical School, where he led a research team at the Center for Blood Research. Before coming to the US, he was member of the Basel Institute for Immunology in Basel, Switzerland and a fellow at the Max-Plank for Immunbiologie in Freiburg, Germany. Dr. Gutierrez received his masters in Chemistry and his Ph.D. in Immunology from the Autonoma University of Madrid, Spain.
Edwin M. Kania, Jr.
Ed Kania is Managing Partner and Chairman of Flagship Ventures. Ed has 30 years of experience in the venture capital industry. Prior to co-founding Flagship Ventures in 2000, he spent 14 years as General Partner of OneLiberty Ventures and of its predecessor firm, Morgan, Holland Ventures. His direct investment experience covers over 100 companies. In addition, he has been intimately involved in the launch and development of more than 20 companies as the founding, lead or co-lead investor, and on occasion has assumed operating roles in support of management. Mr. Kania is currently a director of Acceleron Pharma (Nasdaq: XLRN), Blend Therapeutics, DataCore Software, EcoSense Lighting, Oasys Water, Selecta Biosciences, TARIS Biomedical, TransMedics, and Visterra. He is also a member of The Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Science and Technology Development Industry, and a member of Partners Healthcare Innovation Advisory Board. Ed earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Dartmouth College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Laurie Bartlett Keating
Laurie Bartlett Keating joined Alnylam in 2014 with more than 25 years of executive experience at high technology and biotechnology companies. Prior to joining Alnylam, Laurie served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company for 9 years, responsible for setting the company’s global legal, intellectual property, and corporate quality strategies and priorities. Prior to Millennium, Laurie was co-founder and the first CEO of Hydra Biosciences, Inc. Before co-founding Hydra, she served as an executive at high growth technology companies, including serving as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Iomega Corporation, and Sybase, Inc., a software company that grew from a few hundred to 6,000 employees during Laurie’s tenure on the management team. Based on her leadership at Sybase, she was named as one of the 45 most influential in-house lawyers in the United States under the age of 45. Upon graduating from law school, Laurie practiced law at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen (now Bingham McCutchen) in San Francisco. She has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. Laurie is a member of the Board of Directors of MassBio and the immediate past chair of the BIO General Counsels Committee.
Mark Leuchtenberger joined Acusphere, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2013, bringing experience in commercial operations, business development and preparing biopharmaceutical companies for product approval and commercialization. Mr. Leuchtenberger most recently served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors at Rib-X Pharmaceuticals (now Melinta) until its acquisition. Prior to Rib-X, Mr. Leuchtenberger served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Targanta Therapeutics Corporation, where he led the company’s initial public offering in 2007 and its acquisition in 2009. From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Leuchtenberger served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Therion Biologics Corporation, a privately held cancer vaccine company. Prior to Therion, Mr. Leuchtenberger was a senior officer at Biogen Idec Inc., where he led the Avonex® development and launch in the United States and subsequently managed North American and international commercial operations. Mr. Leuchtenberger received his M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management and his B.A. from Wake Forest University. He is currently the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Xenetic Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation biologic drugs and novel oncology therapeutics. He is a director and past chairman of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council Board of Directors and currently serves as a trustee for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the MassDevelopment Emerging Technology Fund. He is a co-founder of Albor Biologics, Inc. and Alvos Therapeutics, Inc.
Lisa M. Olson, Ph.D.
Dr. Lisa Olson is Vice President, Immunology Research and ABC Site Head of AbbVie Bioresearch Center Inc. Dr. Lisa Olson is responsible for the oversight and strategic development of AbbVie's Immunology research program, and is Site Head for the AbbVie Bioresearch Center in Worcester, MA.
Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Dr. Olson joined the faculty of the OB/GYN Department, Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, MO. In 1998, Olson left Washington University to lead the Women’s Health Program within the Nutrition Sector of Monsanto Corp., St. Louis, MO. Two years later, she joined the Arthritis and Inflammation Department at Pharmacia Corp, St. Louis, MO which subsequently evolved into the Inflammation Department of Pfizer Corp, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Olson joined AbbVie (formerly Abbott) in 2005 as Director, Pharmacology and has had roles of increasing responsibility ever since. In 2008, she was promoted to Senior Director, Pharmacology and Discovery Safety, Metabolism and Pharmokinetics and in 2010 became Divisional Vice President, Immunology Research. Dr. Olson became Site Head of the AbbVie Bioresearch Center in 2012.
Dr. Olson received her Ph.D. degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL in 1986. Dr. Olson has published over 30 peer reviewed articles in journals and has authored six patents. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and is a Trustee for the Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives.
Paris Panayiotopoulos is the President and Managing Director of EMD Serono, Inc., the U.S. affiliate of Merck Serono and the biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany. EMD Serono is one of the top U.S. biopharmaceutical companies focused exclusively on specialty care. EMD Serono integrates cutting-edge science, innovative products, patient-directed devices as well as industry-leading patient support and access programs.
In his role at EMD Serono, Mr. Panayiotopoulos is responsible for all areas of the company’s business.
Mr. Panayiotopoulos joined EMD Serono in 2013 after serving as President and Managing Director Merck Serono’s subsidiary in Japan, where he demonstrated his leadership in driving dramatically improved business performance as well as cultural and organizational change. Mr. Panayiotopoulos has ten years of experience at Merck Serono, where he has held positions of increasing responsibility across multiple franchises and regions, including Head of Western Europe Operations, Director of Global Marketing, Global Commercial Team Leader and Head of the COO Office.
Prior to joining Merck Serono, Mr. Panayiotopoulos served in roles across multiple therapeutic areas and global brands at Eli Lilly & Company, based in the United Kingdom.
EMD Serono established operations in Massachusetts more than 40 years ago and the company continues to expand its presence, including the EMD Serono Research & Development Institute in Billerica, MA, which drives drug development from early-stage drug discovery research to clinical development and medical use. The combined organizations of EMD Serono and EMD Millipore make EMD the fifth largest life science company in Massachusetts.
Deanna Petersen joined Shire in 2009 as Vice President of Business Development and now heads up all business development activity for the rare disease business unit and new therapeutic areas that are growth opportunities for the company. Deanna is a broadly skilled senior executive with 20 years of leadership experience in global business development. Deanna and her team are responsible for identifying and evaluating new business opportunities, and for negotiating all types of transactions including acquisitions (public and private), licenses and other partnerships and collaborations. Prior to joining Shire, Deanna was Vice President of Business Development at Agenus Inc. and at Coley Pharmaceutical Group. Deanna is on the Board of Directors for American DG Energy and for the Massachusetts Biotechnology Association, and was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, Boston Chapter. Deanna is a founding member of the BioPharma Executive Council in Boston, and is a member of the Licensing Executives Society. Deanna holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Iowa.
Alice Lin Pomponio
Alice Lin Pomponio is Head of Corporate Affairs—North America Science Affairs for AstraZeneca. Her team works closely with scientific stakeholders in academia, government, and nonprofits to promote favorable external R&D environments and to proactively shape AstraZeneca’s global science policies. Prior to joining AstraZeneca in 2012, Alice was Senior Director of Global Policy Programs at Genzyme Corporation where she focused on international innovation, health, and trade policy issues affecting patient access to biologics and orphan drugs. Between 2000 and 2005 she served as Vice Consul and US Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry Advisor to the British Government with responsibility for US industry relations and strategic input into UK government life sciences initiatives. She previously worked at US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with responsibility for the US Department of Energy (DoE) Human Genome Program management review. She conducted laboratory research at Viagene Inc and the MIT Whitehead Institute and has held product pricing and reimbursement roles at Genzyme. Alice holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from MIT and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Steven Richter, Ph.D.
Dr. Richter is President & CEO at Microtest Laboratories Inc. With his expertise in Sterilization Sciences, Dr. Richter founded Microtest in 1984 after a 5-year career as a microbiologist at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Under his leadership, Microtest has provided the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries with premier testing and manufacturing support. Dr. Richter received a B.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an M.S. degree Biological Sciences from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and a Ph.D. in Sterilization Sciences from Columbia Pacific University.
Rick Russell joined Sunovion in September 2011 as Chief Commercial Officer, providing leadership for North American and U.K. commercial organizations. Mr. Russell has more than 20 years of experience leading commercial operations and in developing and implementing sales and marketing activities for major pharmaceutical brands.
Prior to joining Sunovion, Mr. Russell held the position of U.S. Executive Vice President, Neurodegenerative Diseases and Rheumatology at EMD Serono, where he managed all sales and marketing activities for the multiple sclerosis franchise. Prior to his role at EMD Serono, Mr. Russell was Vice President Marketing at Sanofi-Aventis leading one of the largest pharmaceutical products in the United States. Earlier in his career, Mr. Russell held several roles in sales and marketing leadership. His pharmaceutical experience spans several therapeutic areas ranging from central nervous system (CNS) disorders, women’s health, cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative disorders.
Mr. Russell holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Bates College and a M.S. in Organic Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire.
Amit K. Sachdev
Mr. Sachdev joined Vertex in July 2007 and currently serves as the Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs. In this role, he leads the company's corporate communications, government affairs and public policy functions.
Mr. Sachdev came from Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) where he served as Executive Vice President, Health. At BIO, he was the senior executive responsible for managing BIO's health policy department and its Governing Board. Mr. Sachdev is the former Deputy Commissioner for Policy at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where he also held several other senior appointments from 2002 to 2005. At FDA, he oversaw the development of all FDA policies, regulations and legislation.
From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Sachdev served as Majority Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Sachdev practiced law, first at the Chemical Manufacturers Association, and then with the law firm of Ropes and Gray. Mr. Sachdev received a B.S from Carnegie Mellon University, and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
Frank E. Thomas
Frank Thomas joined AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in August 2011. In November 2011, Mr. Thomas was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer of AMAG.
During his 19-year career, Mr. Thomas has held a variety of senior executive roles in the life sciences industry. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Thomas served as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Molecular Biometrics, a medical diagnostics company focused on reproductive medicine where he established the company’s manufacturing, distribution and business processes in support of product development and commercialization. Prior to his time with Molecular Biometrics, Mr. Thomas spent four years at Critical Therapeutics, Inc., where he was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer from the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer to lead a turnaround effort, refocus the company on new product opportunities and improve operational execution. Mr. Thomas also served on the Board of Directors of Critical Therapeutics until 2008. Prior to 2004, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations at Esperion Therapeutics, Inc., a development-stage biotechnology company focused on a cardiovascular product. Mr. Thomas’s prior positions include senior director of finance, corporate controller and audit roles with Mechanical Dynamics Inc., and Arthur Anderson LLP from 1992 to 2000, respectively. Since 2007, Mr. Thomas has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
Mr. Thomas holds a B.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Kathleen Weldon Tregoning
Kathleen W. Tregoning joined Biogen Idec as Vice President, Government Strategy in May 2006. Her team is responsible for overseeing global government relations and public policy analysis for Biogen Idec out of the company’s office in Washington, D.C., focusing primarily on reimbursement, regulatory, and intellectual property policy issues.
Prior to joining Biogen Idec, Ms. Tregoning was a professional staff member in the U.S. Congress, working for the chairmen of the House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee, the House Energy & Commerce Committee, and the Senate Budget Committee. In these positions she was a key resource for members of Congress on a wide range of health care issues, including Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, disease management, health care information technology, and post-acute care. Ms. Tregoning was a lead staff member in the drafting of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.
Ms. Tregoning previously served as an Assistant Deputy Mayor for Policy and Budget for Mayor Richard Riordan in Los Angeles. She began her career as a management consultant with Andersen Consulting, developing business strategies for clients across a range of industries. She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from Stanford University and her master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lives in Virginia with her husband John and their two children.
Charles Wilson, Ph.D.
Charles 'Chuck' Wilson, PhD serves as Vice President and Global Head of Strategic Alliances, leading the group responsible for externally oriented research at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), the business unit of Novartis responsible for drug discovery and early clinical development. Partnering efforts include broad academic relationships to improve the understanding of basic disease processes, biotech collaborations focused on new drug discovery technologies, and in-licensing of compounds that have yet to reach clinical proof-of-concept. Prior to joining Novartis, Chuck founded and led Archemix, a biotech company focused on the development of aptamers as therapeutics. Responsible initially as its Chief Technology Officer for developing the company's technology platform and managing its drug discovery efforts, he moved into a business role focused on establishing partnerships with large pharma and biotech companies. Before moving into industry, Chuck was an Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. There he determined the first x-ray crystal structures of RNA aptamers bound to their targets. Formally trained in structural biology and molecular biology, Chuck received his PhD from the University of California, San Francisco and his post-doctoral training in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Lawrence S. Wittenberg
Mr. Wittenberg, a partner in Goodwin Procter's Technology Companies Group and co-chair of its Life Sciences Practice, focuses his practice in matters involving life sciences. He joined Goodwin Procter in 2005.
Mr. Wittenberg has been an active participant in the life sciences industry since the mid-1980s, and his practice focuses exclusively on biotechnology and other life sciences companies. His clients range in size from start-ups to public companies, and he assists them with a full range of corporate and intellectual property transactions, including venture capital financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, licenses and technology transfer agreements, as well as with general legal and strategic advice.
Mr. Wittenberg also represents venture capital groups with respect to their investments in life sciences companies and investment banks in connection with public and private financings. He has structured and negotiated corporate partnering transactions with numerous world-wide pharmaceutical companies.
Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Wittenberg was a partner in the Business Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, where he headed the Life Science Practice. Mr. Wittenberg holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University.
Robert Gottlieb, who is the Principal at the communications and strategy consulting firm, RMG Associates, has more than 30 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries as a consultant on strategy and communications, in-house communications director, and journalist.
He has substantial experience and a strong track record in work with well over 100 companies and organizations ranging from start-ups in and outside of the U.S. to multi-nationals. Robert and RMG Associates bring particular expertise in corporate positioning, external and internal communications strategy, and preparation for financing and partnering. He has helped more than 20 clients develop business plans to support venture and public financings.
Robert co-founded Feinstein Kean Healthcare (now a division of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide), a Massachusetts-based communications and business consulting firm focused exclusively on biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and related healthcare organizations. Robert has been an active member of the biotechnology community in Massachusetts for more than 25 years. Robert served as an advisor to the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council for over 15 years. He also participates as a mentor in MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service and as a member of the Board of Directors of the New England Israel Business Council.
Previously, Robert directed press relations and corporate communications at Biogen Inc., during a period that laid the foundation for the company’s turnaround. He also managed communications for Biogen’s Research and Development Limited Partnership.
Prior to Biogen, Robert was executive editor of F-D-C Reports, “The Pink Sheet,” During his ten-years at “The Pink Sheet,” he covered the FDA and drug regulation, pharmaceutical business and the emergence of biotechnology as an industry. He also founded a reference publication for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, The NDA Pipeline, which has been published annually for more than 25 years.
Robert holds a B.A. degree from Trinity College (Connecticut).
William P. McDermott
Bill McDermott is a partner in the law firm of McDermott, Quilty & Miller LLP. He specializes in state and federal relations in the government affairs and business strategies practice. With a wealth of public and private sector experience, Bill's primary focus is on governmental relations, regulatory law and procurement for clients involved in biotechnology, health care, real estate development and technology-based industries.
Prior to joining the firm, Bill was a founding member of ML Strategies and attorney with the law firm of Mintz, Levin. Bill was Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at ML/MLS from 1990-2000. Among his accomplishments, Bill has successfully directed a number of major initiatives through the Massachusetts State Legislature, including the passage of the Economic Stimulus I and II bills, the Stem Cell bill and the $1B Life Sciences Initiative.
Bill's extensive experience in public service includes his appointment as Chief Counsel to the Massachusetts State Senate's Ways and Means Committee in 1988, and his appointment in 1983 as Undersecretary and General Counsel to the Executive Office of Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he completed his service as Acting Secretary. Prior to returning to Massachusetts, Bill worked for the United States Congress in various capacities, including a position with Congressman Joe Moakley, former Chairman of the Rules Committee.
Bill has served as Legislative Counsel to the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council since 1994.
Bill received his Law Degree from American University and his Master's Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also completed graduate studies at Georgetown University and received his Bachelor's Degree from Boston College. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
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